County warns about phone scam involving social security numbers

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County warns residents about phone scam involving social security numbers

The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is warning residents about fraudulent phone calls from scammers posing as officials with the Social Security Administration.

“These scammers are claiming you need to pay a fee to unlock your Social Security number as a result of criminal activity,” according to the DA’s office. “The callers are specifically asking for the individual to confirm their Social Security number.”

The Federal Trade Commission recently reported an increase in activity of these scammers. They attempt to collect personal information from unsuspecting victims for the purposes of identity theft, the DA’s office said.

To avoid being a victim of such theft, residents are asked to remember:

  1. The Social Security Administration will never call and ask for your Social Security number.
  2. You will never be asked to pay anything over the phone by an authorized member of the Social Security Administration.
  3. Do not give out your Social Security number or the last four digits to anyone contacting you.
  4. If anyone asks you to pay them with a gift card, cash or a wire transfer, this is evidence of a scam.  

Residents are encouraged to report fraudulent activity the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.

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